So what is it anyways?
Veganism and Feminism: Breaking Down Patriarchal Values, is a good place to start when trying to get your head around whether you believe there is a key link.
In 1990, Carol J Adams wrote, The Sexual Politics of Meat. When it was released it caused quite a stir and engaged discussion and debate from across the political spectrum. The book examines the historical, gender, race, and class implications of meat culture, and makes the links between the practice of butchering/eating animals and the maintenance of male dominance.
I’ve only just discovered this blog but I have to say I’m pretty impressed with it, particularly this list of myths about vegans. Plus, who doesn’t love a feminist blog that has the word “agitator” in the title!!! Although point 3. Vegans are in a cult/engage in “group-think.” kind of amuses me, for anyone who’s read some of the vegan “group” literature that’s out there might have a lot of evidence to the contrary, however in the end, the focus of their passion is pretty positive so I can smile and nod through most of it…..and giggle!
This is also a fun Queer Vegan Feminist tumblr that starts with a disjointed conversation about vegan condoms… who knew?!
The dark side
Well, ok, so the dark side is basically just PETA, an organisation that was originally designed to advocate for the ethical treatment of animals and has somehow gone feral and become a misogynist, chauvinist, gender-based-violence-supporting evil.
TRIGGER WARNING: I’m going to start with this ad to illustrate my point, however I warn you that the images within could be found offensive and distressing. It depicts a form of intimate partner violence. Here you can find a feminist analysis of the ad which I found very well written from a pro-vegan perspective.
Last year, feminaust published an article about the Pamela Anderson PETA campaign, “all animals have the same parts” and the pornography site that they proposed to launch. The article was a critique of the way that social advocates shit on each other sometimes to make their point the more important one. I think this is an example of how the intersection between social justice campaigns can also be incredibly negative.
All the shades of vegan feminism
The F Word is a Canadian Radical Feminist podcast that I regularly have a problem with for views that go far outside my personal feminist principles, however they do have interesting discussions and here’s one they did on feminism and vegetarianism. Just a warning, I haven’t actually listened to this podcast yet, so can’t comment on its content. I know that in the past I have struggled with some F Word podcasts but I think they’re worth profiling because they do have interesting points and I believe in a broad spectrum of voices.
And we had a vegan friday feminaust a few months back: Benjamin Payne, who actually came to his feminism through his veganism.
Image taken from Martin Cathrae’s Photostream on Flickr under Creative Commons Licence